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Colorado Couple Devote Careers to Helping Children

By Jennifer Orton Subscribe to RSS | January 12th 2012 | Views:
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Stephanie Villafuerte and Seth Grob are a Colorado couple working to change the world for children. Both are 20 year practicing attorney’s who have dedicated their entire careers to protecting abused and neglected children.

The couple have been married 20 years and first met as undergraduate college students attending the London School of Economics. From the beginning they knew that had a calling to be lawyers and to help children.

Villafuerte says, “We knew early on that we wanted to study and practice law in order to create change for children.” “Children are completely voiceless in our community.” “They have no way to communicate their needs or to defend themselves when they are mistreated.”

Villafuerte received her undergraduate degree at the University of Denver in 1987 and went on to receive her law degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1991. She served for 15 years as a chief prosecuting attorney in both state and federal courts where she earned state-wide recognition as an expert in prosecuting crimes committed against children. After practicing law she served in the Colorado Governor’s Office as a chief policy advisor on public safety and human service issues including child welfare. Villafuerte has spoken state-wide and nationally on child maltreatment issues.

She currently works as the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center. In that role, she oversees a staff of lawyers, clinical social workers and other program directors who work to protect abused and neglected children who are placed in the child welfare system. Villafuerte says, “I consider myself fortunate to serve in a role where we can work directly with children to ensure that they are safe and given every resource they need to overcome the abuse they have suffered.”

Seth Grob has been married to Villafuerte for twenty years. He has also worked as a zealous advocate for children for two decades. The couple support one another in their careers. Villafuerte says, “Our work can exact an emotional toll on a person.” “It is painful to see children in crisis on such a regular basis.” “The work is easier because we both understand our commitment to the cause and what it takes to be a zealous advocate for children.”

Grob received his undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1987 and his law degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1991. He began his career as a guardian ad litem where he represented abused and neglected children placed in the child welfare system. He represented children for nine years before starting his own law practice where he currently specializes in adoption, assisted reproduction and child welfare cases.

Grob has published extensively about adoption and the rights of children and foster parents listing over 20 credits to his name. He also frequently lectures throughout the country on adoption, infertility law, and child welfare issues for professional and civic groups and has served as a spokesperson on these issues for the media.

The couple have earned the respect of experts in the child abuse and child welfare communities and been recognized for their contributions to the field.

Villafuerte received the Colorado District Attorney’s Award for Prosecutor of the Year in 2005 for her work in representing child victims. She was also recognized in 2010 by the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association as Outstanding Attorney of the Year.

Grob has also received national and state recognition for his service on behalf of children and adoptive families including an award in 2008, from the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys in recognition of his unique contributions to the adoption of special needs children and in 2006, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute awarded Grob the prestigious Angels in Adoption Award.

In addition to their professional contributions, the couple regularly contribute to organizations that support child abuse victims including the Adoption Exchange and the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center.

Villafuerte says, “We are dedicated to our work and we will continue to look for ways to improve the lives of children.” “We consider ourselves fortunate to work in a field where we are able to make a difference in the lives of children.”

Jennifer Orton - About Author:
Jennifer Orton is an avid writer who writes on a variety of topics including, but not limited to Stephanie Villafuerte. She has written many popular articles. She also does research work for various companies and people.

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